The co-pilot of the fatal Nepal plane crash lost her husband who was the pilot in another Yeti Airlines crash 16 years ago.
44-year-old Anju Khatiwada was the co-pilot. Sunday’s fatal flight A plane from Kathmandu crashed into a ditch in clear weather near Pokhara airport, killing at least 70 people.
Ms Khatiwada’s career in aviation began with the death of her husband Deepak Pokharal, who died in 2006 on a Yeti Airlines flight that went down minutes before landing.
None of the 72 people on board Sunday’s flight, Nepal’s deadliest plane crash in three decades, have survived.
Sudarshan Bertola, a spokesman for the airline, said Ms Khatiwada received her pilot training with insurance money she received after Mr Pokharal died in the Yeti Airlines crash in the western town of Jumla.
He further said that his remains have not been identified but his death is feared.
Mr Bartola said Ms Khatiwada had more than 6,400 hours of flying time and had previously flown the popular 27-minute tourist route from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
It is not yet clear what caused the ATR 72 plane to crash, which was reported to have rolled from side to side before crashing into a gorge near Pokhara airport and catching fire. .
Rescue workers are scouring the wreckage strewn beneath the 300-meter-deep gorge in search of unaccounted for passengers.
on Monday, Searchers found the cockpit voice recorder. and the flight-to-flight data recorder, both in good condition, a discovery that will help investigators determine what caused the crash.
An official said that the passengers of the flight included small children.
Ajay KC, a police officer from Pokhara who is part of the rescue effort, said: “There were small children among the passengers. Some may have burnt to death, and may not be found. We Will continue to look for them.”
British citizen Rowan Callum Creighton is also among the victims of the accident. And other victims are from Nepal, India, Russia, South Korea, Argentina, Australia and France.
Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority said the flight was carrying 68 passengers, including 15 foreign nationals as well as four crew members.
The body of Captain Kamal KC of the plane has been recovered and identified.
Television channels saw weeping relatives waiting for the bodies of their loved ones outside a hospital where post-mortems were being conducted in Pokhara.
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